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Division of Forensic Psychiatry

Forensic psychiatry sits at the crossroads of mental health and the law. The Division of Forensic Psychiatry at Rush addresses forensic inquiries throughout the United States, providing consulting services for local governments, health organizations, independent firms or civilians seeking expertise related to psychiatric illness and human behavior.

The division assists with legal inquiries, evaluations and litigation needs. Clinicians have specialized training in multiple disciplines, including forensic psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.

Areas of expertise include the following:



  • Risk assessment/risk mitigation (including workplace, educational)
  • Fitness for duty
  • Asylum seeking
  • Malpractice claims
  • Testamentary capacity
  • Guardianship
  • Nursing home evaluations
  • Disability claims
  • Civil/constitutional rights
  • Child custody
  • EAP referrals
  • Suicide or self-harm risk assessment
  • Mental and emotional damages
  • Juvenile criminal justice
  • Competency to stand trial
  • Competency to understand or waive Miranda rights
  • Criminal competence - insanity defense
  • Diminished capacity
  • Criminal mitigation
  • Mitigation factors for execution
  • Violence risk assessment
  • Sex offense evaluations 
  • Hate crime

Forensic Psychiatry Team